Educational Technology and the Social Web

October 16, 2008

Web 2.0

Filed under: Education and Technology — Ken @ 6:58 pm


Vijay Kumar has recently co-edited a book called Opening Up Education which discusses the need for shifting from a teacher centered methodology to a active learning, student centered one. This is not a new argument but Kumar incorporates the impact of Web 2.0 and how these technologies make a compelling argument for changing education now to utilize these ubiquitous technologies.  Trent Bateson from MIT who wrote a chapter in this book that talks about evidence based learning argues for this shift now.

A central component of the technology that can drive this shift are ePortfolios. There are several options in this space. A few worth mentioning are Open Source Portfolio, Digication, Ning, and Elgg.  Tuft’s University has licensed VUE which is a visual environment for structuring, presenting, and sharing digital information. Tuft’s University has also devloped SPARK which is an amalgamation of tools such as wikis, blogs, podcast publisher, forums, maps, and a media annotator.

Mark Frydenberg teaches IT concepts at Bentley College. He uses mashups in his Web 2.0 class focusing on three areas: technology, strategy, and community. His students concentrate on six actions: appreciate, participate, investigate, communicate, colaborate, create as they delve into Web 2.0 technologies.  Mark uses Microsft Popfly to teach his students IT programming concepts.

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